The Prajnya Trust

VACANCIES AT PRAJNYA

Campaign Associate

GRIT Internship

Prajnya Archives Internship

Programme Associate

2019 R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship

Campaign Associate

Location: Chennai/ Remote
Remuneration: Rs. 10,000-15,000, based on experience
Email: jobs.prajnya@gmail.com
September 15, 2021
Position start date: October 1, 2021

Prajnya is a Chennai-based non-profit organisation working on issues related to peace, justice and security. Every year, between 25 November and 10 December, Prajnya organises the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence to raise awareness of the different ways in which women, in particular, are vulnerable to violence. To find out more about the campaign, please see the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence page. For the 2021 campaign, Prajnya is looking to hire a Campaign Assistant from October 1 to December 31, 2021.

Please note:

  • This position requires a working knowledge of Tamil;
  • We are open to applicants who will only be able to work remotely, although we would prefer Chennai-based applicants who might be able to come in to our office for limited periods of time.
  • The position will require long work hours immediately before and during the campaign period, whether working from home or from our office.

The Campaign Assistant will take responsibility for all campaign-related logistics including execution of programmes, drafting of relevant documents and active follow-up with partners and resource persons.

Interested candidates must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in any discipline;
  • Have basic knowledge of and interest in gender and human rights issues;
  • Have good writing and drafting skills in English, and be fluent in spoken Tamil; knowledge of written Tamil will be an advantage;
  • Have strong administrative skills and a willingness to multitask;
  • Be able to carry out basic research online and must be proficient at using the Internet for research and communication;
  • Have access to the Internet from home, be extremely comfortable working on digital platforms, and be proficient at Word, Excel and other packages.

This position is ideal for recent social science/humanities/social work/ development/gender studies graduates to earn excellent experience in advocacy and organization. All interested candidates must email their CV, a relevant writing sample and a brief covering note to jobs.prajnya@gmail.com by September 15, 2021. Please provide the names of two referees. Only complete applications will be considered.

GRIT Internship

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: Three months
Email: prajnyatrust@gmail.com
Deadline: By the 15th of any month, to start the following month

The Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce (GRIT) at Prajnya is offering three-month internships on a rolling basis to interested persons. The interns will be expected to put in about 15 hours a week. They will receive a letter of completion on successfully finishing their assignments.

Internship assignments may include any of the following, depending on the intern’s skills and our needs:

  • Programme assistance
  • Research support
  • Logistical support
  • Writing and documentation
  • Social media
  • Web support
  • Design

Requirements:

  • Minimum educational qualification: Undergraduate student at a recognised University.
  • The positions are also open to graduates not currently studying.
  • Interest in women’s rights and gender violence issues.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Continuous access to Internet and phone.

Note: This is a non-paying internship opportunity.

Those interested in and meeting the above requirements may send their application including a cover letter and an up-to-date CV to prajnyatrust@gmail.com. Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Prajnya Archives Internship

Duration: Six months
Number of positions: One
Location: Preferably Chennai; but we will consider other applications.
Application deadline:
For the January 15-June 15 Internship: November 30
For the June 15-January 15 Internship: May 31

The Prajnya Archives are offering two six-month internships a year, starting from 2017. For those who are selected, the Internships present an opportunity to learn practical documentation skills, to visualise careers in history and to engage with the exciting and important work of making visible South Asian women’s engagement with the world around them.

The Prajnya Archives are a user-generated repository of visual records that document the role that women have played in the public sphere. We invite people to upload their photos on an on-going basis and also put out thematic calls for photos at least once a year. These entries are then added to the Archives.

Internship responsibilities will include:

  • Checking submissions for clarity, image quality and completeness.
  • Promoting, tracking and curating Archives thematic calls for photos.
  • Archives outreach activities.

The Interns will work with both the Archives Curators and with the Prajnya Team. They will be expected to put in about 15 hours a week. They will receive a letter of completion on successfully finishing their assignments.

We are looking for an Archives Intern with an established interest in history, women’s studies, museum studies or anthropology, although people from other backgrounds are invited to apply.

Requirements:

  • Minimum educational qualification: Undergraduate student at a recognised University.
  • Interest in history and women’s rights.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. (Desirable: Other South Asian languages as well)
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Familiarity with computer and Internet use, including social media skills.
  • Continuous access to Internet and phone.

This is an unpaid internship. A Chennai location would suit us best but relocation is not essential as much of the work will be done online.

Those interested in and meeting the above requirements may send their application including a cover letter and an up-to-date CV to prajnyatrust@gmail.com Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Programme Associate

Location: Chennai
Remuneration: Rs. 20,000-30,000, based on experience
Email: jobs.prajnya@gmail.com
FILLED AT THE MOMENT
Position start date: April 1, 2021

Prajnya, a not-for-profit working in the space of gender equality and peace education, is looking for a dynamic person with a proven/emerging portfolio of diverse skill sets to help it in executing and scaling up its programmes.

You are expected to support us in:

Programmes & Operations

  • Support the execution of projects and programmes/events from start to finish;
  • Plan and oversee the hosting of ‘The Prajnya Gender Talks’ seminar series every month;
  • Coordinate with partner organisations; undertake event management, oversee logistics and coordinate with vendors, as and when required;
  • Manage interns and volunteers;
  • Support fundraising, as and when required;
  • Act as focal point for internal and external stakeholders.

Communications

  • Promote Prajnya programmes and events;
  • Create content (text and video) for social media channels such as (and not restricted to) YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter;
  • Support developing newsletters & annual report;
  • Manage posts and blogs and maintain proactive presence on the organisation’s social media channels.

Training

  • Develop new leads, and follow-up on existing leads for gender-related and peace education training;
  • Coordinate scheduling, logistics and other support for training;
  • Help plan new training modules.

We hope you:

  • Have a strong work ethic and the energy for work-sprints;
  • Are self-motivated and able to stay connected with a team in multiple locations;
  • Can work with discipline and focus whether from home or the office, independently or in collaboration;
  • Have excellent communication skills (spoken and written) in English and Tamil;
  • Enjoy interacting with people;
  • Can demonstrate leadership skills;
  • Are punctual, patient, systematic, meticulous, and persistent;
  • Are willing to learn and grow with us;
  • Have a sense of humour.

We are looking for:

  • A graduate/postgraduate with a degree in any discipline;
  • A person with some knowledge of, interest in and commitment to gender and human rights issues;
  • A person with previous work experience (1-2 years) of working in the non-profit sector and managing small projects;
  • A person with basic design skills (using Canva/PowerPoint etc.);
  • A person who is looking for meaningful work that makes a difference.

Experience in proposal, report writing, creating and editing videos are a bonus!

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted only over email to jobs.prajnya@gmail.com and must be submitted by March 18, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered, and they must include:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page (one side), stating why you are interested in this position and how it will serve your career goals.
  • Your c.v., and a list of three references and their contact information.
  • A writing sample of no more than 500 words.

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2019 R. RAJARAM GRIT RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Location: India
Duration: One year, January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Email: jobs.prajnya@gmail.com
Deadline: November 20, 2018

Prajnya invites applications for the R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to carry out their own original research project on a subject relating to sexual and gender-based violence, in addition to specific research responsibilities at Prajnya.

About the Fellowship

The Fellowship is envisioned as an apprenticeship and comes with a modest stipend of Rs. 10000/- per month, access to mentoring, publication and networking opportunities. A small amount of research support will also be made available depending on the needs of the project. This opportunity is ideal for those with a graduate degree, who are planning to pursue research degrees in the near future.

While the research project will form a significant part of the Fellow's work, s/he will also have the opportunity to work Prajnya's Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce (GRIT), which uses research and public education to inform and empower the community. In this connection, the Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Research, writing and compilation of the year’s Gender Violence Report;
  • Engagement with research and information initiatives, including those undertaken for the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence;
  • Regular blogging and curating of information on gender violence for the GRIT blog;
  • Engagement with Prajnya’s social media outreach on gender violence.

The R. Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship will be offered for one year at a time and all commitments must be completed by the end of that time. We welcome both Chennai-based and non-resident applicants. Non-resident Fellows will be required to spend residential stints in Chennai in the course of the year; the schedule for these will be decided at the time of the award.

Who may apply

Fellows will have at minimum a Master’s degree in the social sciences, policy studies or humanities with evidence of research experience (for instance, a published or unpublished research paper). The primary language for written projects will be English and therefore, English proficiency is essential but research proficiency in one other Indian language is desirable.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted only over email (jobs.prajnya@gmail.com) and must be submitted by November 20, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered, and they must include:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page (one side), stating why you are interested in this Fellowship and how it will serve your career goals; what you propose to research and why it is an important subject; and relating your experience to this position.
  • Your c.v., fully listing academic and professional experience, as well as any publications.
  • A short writing sample, published or unpublished, of three double-spaced pages length at most.
  • A list of three references, including a brief statement of how they know you, their contact information. At least two should be academic references.
  • A short project proposal (1000-1500 words) which, while written without jargon, must clearly answer the following questions:
    1. What is the proposed research about?
      (This must be clearly and concisely stated, as a problem and not a title.)
    2. What is the academic and historical context for this project?
      (The proposal need not include a full literature review but must indicate that the applicant understands the context of the proposed question and is aware of work that has been done in the area.)
    3. What are the research methods proposed?
      (We are looking for projects that would utilise both primary and secondary research.)
    4. What is the research plan?
      (This should be as practical as possible and show that the applicant knows what is available and possible.)
    5. What will be the product of this research?
      (It is not essential that the product be an academic paper, but there should be clarity on what it will be and that it can be produced by the end of the calendar year.)
    6. What is the relevance of this research to the analysis of gender violence and advocacy for its elimination?
      (This should be written very clearly, explaining the claim fully.)
    7. A list of bibliographic references (5-10) relevant to the project proposed.